Tags: Gripen E/F
International aerospace and defence technology company RUAG
has been selected by Saab to develop and produce payload mountings for the
Gripen E military jet, reports UPI.
According to the report, the order from Saab consists of
four work packages, which include the design of the mountings, their development
up to series production and the creation of prototypes for three Gripen E test
“This is another step
to build long term business relations with Swiss industry in the Gripen
programme” says Lennart Sindahl Deputy CEO of Saab. “We are in the process to
contract even more parts of Gripen E in Switzerland in order to strengthen the
collaboration between the countries in the programme.”
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making payload mountings for Gripen fighters
Awards Major Gripen Contract to Switzerland
Saab will participate in the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2014) which will be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 14 and 17 April. Gripen will be one of the main Saab products to be showcased there.
The event is being hosted, supported and co-organised by the Malaysian Government and is being held after two years. 26,980 trade visitors from 58 countries were a part of DSA 2012.
Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference is one of the top 5 defence shows in the world.
To know more about Saab’s participation at the event, click here.
Gripen is very user friendly. The pilot gets to see the
information that he wants to see during the course of flight. It is easy to fly
and the technology it has is futuristic,” Sudhir Varma, Vice President, Air
Systems, Saab India says.
"The government decided to follow the technical advice of the Brazilian Air Force," said FAB commander Lieutenant Brigadier Juniti Saito, describing the factors that led to Gripen’s selection by Brazil.
In an interview with IHS Jane’s, Brig Saito mentioned that there was a team of aviators, engineers, area maintenance personnel, and project management specialists working on the project for years, examining all the options and came to the conclusion that the Gripen was the best technical aircraft for the FAB.
He added that technology transfer played a vital role in the decision.
"We were also influenced by Saab's willingness to include us in the development of the Gripen project. Overall we took into account performance, effective transfer of technology and cost; not just the acquisition costs but maintenance costs as well. The choice was based on the best balance of these three factors," Brig Saito said.
"The advantage is the Gripen is a work in progress," Brig Saito said. "The plan is that Brazil will develop 40% of the aircraft's components. The FAB will play a key role in co-ordinating the transfer of essential skills between Saab and the Brazilian companies that participate in the project. We will be responsible for verifying that technology is shared and ensuring domestic industries are able to absorb and meet the requirements laid down in the contracts.
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Recently, aviation magazine AFM took a closer look at the history of Gripen and the factors that keep it ready to meet the future challenges. AFM paid a visit to the Saab development facility in Linköping and talked to Björn Johansson, the chief engineer on the Gripen E/F project about the technology that goes into the development of the new generation aircraft.
According to Björn, when the SwAF looked at potential future threats, it came up with a list of requirements for a new aircraft, including the need for extended range; increased weapons payload and more hardpoints; a MIL-STD 1760E Class 2 weapon pylon interface and further adaptation to modern standards; an upgraded sensor suite with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar; improved communication and fighter link including satellite communications (SATCOM); an improved EW capability; a quick software-update capability; and a low life-cycle cost.
“The first thing we did was to find an engine that could do the job. It had to be powerful enough, cost effective, and reliable and fit in our existing airframe with reasonable modifications. We basically had two choices – the GE F414-400 or a modified RM 12. The choice fell on the F414, an existing and well proven engine (2.5 million-plus hours) with many of the safety features that were required on the RM 12 already implemented in the basic design. It has more thrust and approximately the same built-in centre of gravity [CoG] as the RM 12 in a similarly sized package. Some initial modifications were made to adapt it ...
This interview was written by Mario Sabino and published on Veja Magazine (Yellow Pages), February 2014.
Hakan Buskhe, CEO of Saab, the company that sold the Gripen jets to Brazil, explains how education and the need to do more with less are key to the success of his company and his country.
Anyone arriving at Saab's offices in Stockholm, located on one floor of a small building without doormen, is shocked by the frugal atmosphere at what is one of the most cutting-edge companies in the armaments industry with almost 15,000 employees and which beat the Americans and the French to win a contract to supply Brazil with 36 fighter Jets – the Gripen NG, for Next Generation – at a cost of $4.5 billion. However, according to the 50-year-old company CEO Hakan Buskhe, it is this philosophy of simplicity which is behind Sweden's success. Before another trip to Brazil last week to meet with the commander of the Air Force and the minister of Science, Technology and Information, he granted us the following interview.
In 2009, when former President Lula announced that the government had chosen French jets to rebuild the Brazilian Air Force, what was the reaction like at Saab?
I hadn't joined the company yet, I arrived in 2010, but I heard that Saab executives and employees felt that the announcement by Brazil's former president came like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky. It was totally unexpected, given their strong relationship with ...
Saab has started conversations with Brazil regarding the transfer of technology that allows the country to manufacture and develop Gripen NG jet fighters, reports Prensa Latina.
Marco Antonio Raupp, Brazil’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, met Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab on Tuesday to discuss about initiating technology transfer and co-operation between Brazilian and Swedish defence companies.
The minister talked about a national program called "Science without borders", which will be an important tool to create the new technology for Gripen NG manufacturing process.
"The intention is to combine our interests for strengthening the partnership", said Mr. Raupp.
Read the full story: Brazil-Sweden Talks Step up to Transfer Gripen NG Technology
The video shows the experience of Brazilian naval aviator, Romulo Sobral visiting Saab in Linköping, trying his hands at the simulator first and then flying the actual Gripen.
The purpose of Sobral’s visit was to verify that the design requirements of the Gripen confer flight characteristics that demonstrate their conversion potential into a naval version without major and fundamental design changes.
"With Gripen, I am no longer limited to my own range of vision, but I can see much farther away from me, getting an early awareness of what is happening, says FAB's fighter aircraft pilot Carlos Afonso de Araujo who tested the new generation Gripen and gave approval for its purchase.
Carlos has made a detailed report verifying the capabilities of the new Gripen. In an interview with Mediacon News, he talks about the aircraft’s technical aspects that caught his eye.
Carlos says that Gripen is a very easy aircraft to fly and control, adding that it accelerates very fast and can reach high altitudes with high speed while maintaining its performance.
Gripen can receive information from sensors and radars that are very distant: on the ground, or even from other aircraft. This gives the pilot a situational awareness advantage. This technology has never been used before in Brazil. With the current fighter aircraft in the country, a pilot’s vision is limited to the radar’s detection capabilities.
"Gripen is a new dimension. It is not like exchanging an old car for a new one. It is a radical, complete change. It is a new generation aircraft with new concepts, new tactics, new possibilities ", Carlos says.
Read the full story: Piloto que aprovou Gripen para Brasil diz que alcance de visão é diferencial
In an interview with the Brazilian daily Carta Capital, Dan Jangblad, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Saab talks about the possibility of a plant in São Bernardo and manufacturing pilot-less aircraft in future.
“It will be a 'win-win' investment for both Sweden and Brazil because sales volumes will grow. The potential for Gripen has been confirmed by the market, and I am very optimistic. It is a great opportunity for everyone,” Dan Jangblad says.
Dan added that Saab also works with unmanned aircraft and on being asked if such equipments can be manufactured in Brazil, he says that it is certainly possible.
“As said before, Brazil is a very advanced country in terms of its aviation industry. And we do see a potential for partnerships here, even in the case of unmanned vehicles. The expertise is definitely available in Brazil, we simply need a partner who is interested in drones.
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